PLAYGROUND: A Postmodern Laboratory for Fun and Development

A Postmodern Laboratory for Fun and Development
with Carrie Lobman and David Belmont
Friday, October 29, 7:00-9:00pm
TRS, Inc, 44 E. 32nd Street (betw. Madison & Park Aves)
$25 in advance/$30.00 at the door
Play is at the heart of social therapeutic methodology. Over the last four decades, Fred Newman and Lois Holzman have advanced the discovery that play helps people of all ages grow and develop. The Institute’s Playground series brings together play theory and playful activity in a fun, challenging and philosophically engaging environment where participants can play (and discover) together.  For our October Playground, Carrie Lobman teams up with eclectic music person and community activist David Belmont to get down into some seriously funky and participatory music/movement play. Yes, that means you’ll get to jam on some cool instruments…as well as vocal sounds. Conversation also likely to occur.

Carrie Lobman is director of pedagogy at the East Side Institute, the founder of the Institute’s Developing Teachers Fellowship Program and associate professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. She is co-author of Unscripted Learning: Using Improvisation Across the K-8 Curriculum and frequent presenter at professional conferences on learning, development and play, including meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Play and the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research.

David Belmont is an entrepreneur, musician and political activist. He coordinated Lenora Fulani’s presidential ballot drives in 1988 and 1992 and is currently a statistician and researcher for the Neo-Independent magazine.  His formal musical credits include co-writing the film score of Fred Newman’s Nothing Really Happens (with Josh Neretin), arranging the music (with Michael Walsh) and co-creating the sound design (with Michael Klein) for Castillo Theatre productions of Fred Newman’s Safe At Third (Josh Gibson Don’t Bunt) and Heiner Müller’s The Task. His latest CD, WindWater Journal Entries, was released in May of this year. David co-leads Live Music Continuum workshops with Mary Abrams and has built several small businesses.
To register, go to and click on “Classes and Events”, or contact Melissa Meyer, 212.941.8906, ext 304,

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